The end result was a No. 1 qualifier for Pro Nitrous standout Lizzy Musi during the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) Mid-Atlantic Showdown at Virginia Motorsports Park, a No. 2 qualifier for NHRA Pro Mod driver Chad Green at the NHRA Southern Nationals in Atlanta, and an ARP Nitrous Pro Street victory for Tricia Musi at the NMCA Memphis Homecoming race at Memphis International Raceway.
Lizzy continued her strong start to the 2019 PDRA season in her Edelbrock/Lucas Oil “King Kong 7” 2018 Dodge Dart, qualifying No. 1 with a strong 3.650 at 207.02 mph.
After qualifying third at the PDRA season-opener in the Frank Brandao-owned Dart, Musi kept her string of runs in the 3.60s going, as well as her success at VMP. She picked up a round win during eliminations before falling in the quarterfinals against Jim Halsey, but the team continues to move in the right direction in the highly-competitive Pro Nitrous class.
PDRA Mid-Atlantic Showdown Gives Musi Racing Opportunity for More Success at Virginia Motorsports Park
DINWIDDIE, VA — With a strong outing under their belts at the season-opening Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) race last month, Musi Racing is ready to capitalize at Virginia Motorsports Park (VMP).
Lizzy Musi showcased plenty of early-season potential to kick off the 2019 Pro Nitrous season at GALOT Motorsports Park, and now the focus shifts to finishing the job in Frank Brandao’s 2018 Dodge Dart at this weekend’s Mid-Atlantic Showdown presented by Modern Racing.
Musi has enjoyed plenty of success at the track, and will look to crack the win column for a fourth time at VMP this weekend.
“This is a track where we always run well and where Lizzy won her first Pro Nitrous race (in 2014),” Pat Musi said. “The weather is turning hotter, so we’ll get away from swinging for the fences and trying to set records, and get into race mode. But this car is more consistent than it’s ever been and that will help us in this weather.”
Strong Performance, Starting Line Woes Headline Up and Down Weekend for Musi Racing at PDRA East Coast Nationals
BENSON, NC — After a thrilling qualifying run and momentarily setting the Pro Nitrous record, the weekend – and the start of the season – didn’t end the way the Musi Racing team wanted on Sunday at the Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech.
Following an impressive first-round victory on Saturday at GALOT Motorsports Park, Lizzy Musi went red by .017 on the starting line a round later, abruptly ending the team’s solid weekend in Frank Brandao’s Edelbrock and Lucas Oil-backed Pro Nitrous 2018 Dodge Dart.
Musi went a strong 3.646 seconds at 207.91 MPH on the run, but the early start on the tree took away a likely victory against Randy Weatherford, who ran a 3.847 at 192.74 MPH.
Pat Musi chalked it up as a learning experience, noting his daughter’s strong track record on the starting line, and remained excited with how the car performed throughout the weekend.
BENSON, NC — With big expectations heading into the year, Lizzy Musi and the Musi Racing team will look to start the 2019 Professional Drag Racers Association (PDRA) campaign on a high note in Frank Brandao’s record-setting Pro Nitrous 2018 Dodge Dart at this weekend’s East Coast Nationals presented by FuelTech at GALOT Motorsports Park in Benson, NC.
Fresh off a productive winter that netted increased support from sponsors Edelbrock and Lucas Oil, Pat and Lizzy Musi are focused on a strong performance to kick off 2019.
“We’re really prepared for this year and we’ve done a lot of work over the winter,” Pat Musi said. “Knowing what I know and seeing how she continues to improve, Lizzy is going to be tough to beat. Edelbrock and Lucas Oil have stepped up their support, and we’re excited to have them on board for what we hope is a really good season.”
Musi Racing will look to build on a solid 2018 where Lizzy posted a No. 1 qualifier and set the Pro Nitrous speed record after a 209.23 MPH pass at the 2018 PDRA World Finals at Virginia Motorsports Park. Pat Musi Racing Engines also won the 2018 PDRA Nitrous Wars competition on the strength of its customers scoring six No. 1 qualifiers.
Lucas Oil will share the primary sponsorship with Edelbrock on Frank Brandao’s record-setting Pro Nitrous 2018 Dodge Dart driven by standout driver Lizzy Musi, while the partnership will also extend into the engine shop for Pat Musi Racing Engines. The company has proudly used Lucas Oil’s proven products for more than a decade with an impressive track record.
“Lucas Oil is extremely proud to return in 2019 with Musi Racing and driver Lizzy Musi,” Lucas Oil Motorsports Manager Tom Bogner said. “We’re always looking for partners that can help us bring awareness to our products, and we enjoy working with Pat and the entire Musi family. Lizzy is a very talented driver who has already put together a number of exciting records using Lucas Oil products, and I’m looking forward to seeing the results on the dyno and on the track in 2019. We also like the strong connection with Edelbrock on her Dodge Dart and in Pat’s engine shop, putting us alongside another strong American performance aftermarket company.”
Jason Harris takes Musi power to Championship victory
PITTSBORO, NC – The 2018 Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars is one for the history books. Although a quick look at the 2018 season Pro Nitrous pole setters shows incredible parity in the class, all but one of those drivers relies on Musi Racing Engines power. When it was all said and done after Virginia, a Musi driver was on top of the pack seven out of eight events, with Jay Cox giving Buck Racing Engines one lone #1 qualifier award at the second tour stop.
The incredible part of the Flatout Gaskets Nitrous Wars dynamic is that only one driver was able to repeat the pole position all year. Tommy Franklin topped Pro Nitrous qualifying at the season opener and then again at the Drag Wars. Other #1 qualifying awards in the first half of the season went to Musi customers Jason Harris and Randy Weatherford.
At the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway, Lizzy Musi went to the top with her 3.677 effort at an incredible 207.28 MPH, becoming the first female of 2018 to hold bragging rights with the coveted Nitrous Bottle Trophy.
During the PDRA Fall Nationals at Darlington Dragway on October 6, relative newcomer Danny Sauro scored the first win of his career in Switzer Dynamics Pro Nitrous presented by MoTeC, using Musi power to work his way through eliminations before meeting fellow Musi customer and two-time defending champion Tommy Franklin in the final round. Sauro defeated Franklin with a record-setting elapsed time of 3.652 seconds.
“It was a great weekend, and I can’t thank my family and crew enough for all their support,” Sauro said. “I also have to thank the Musi family. They’ve been such a huge help during my time in Pro Nitrous, and they build the best engines in the business.”